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The government has allowed foreign journalists holding valid visas to visit India with the family. A notification by the Union Home Ministry states that this decision was taken after considering the need to give more relaxation in visas and travel restrictions for more categories of foreign nationals who want to travel to India.
According to the notification, according to this, in addition to the categories of foreign nationals already allowed to enter India, the decision to allow journalists (J-1) visa-holding foreign nationals and their dependents with J-1X visas to enter India Has been taken.
Foreign nationals holding journalist (J-1) visa and their dependents holding J-1X visa permitted to enter India. If they have J1 or J-1X visas, which are suspended, such visas stand restored with immediate effect. Fresh visas may be obtained if validity of such visas expired: MHA pic.twitter.com/b3o1k2NLU2
– ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2020
If they hold a J-1 or J-1X visa, which has been suspended, such visas will be reinstated with immediate effect for their entry into India.
However, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that if the validity of such visas has expired, they can get fresh J-1 or J-1X visas from the Indian embassies.
The notification states that it has also been decided that the existing restrictions on passenger traffic coming to India through the immigration check post will not apply to these categories of foreign nationals.
However, the disciplines of the Kovid-19 will follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Health. The government has already given permission to the United States, Britain, Germany and France Overseas Indian Citizen (OCI) card holders to visit India. India has special air travel agreements with these countries.
Other foreigners of these countries have also been allowed to avail Indian visa facility for trade, medical and employment purposes.